Though Villa Nova could just as easily compete in a coolest bar contest - what with all those pressure gauges on the walls and friendly faces behind the bar - we honor these returning champs once again for serving the coldest beer. In a year where many former top performers poured uncharacteristically warm beers, the Nova's suds remained remarkably frigid in heavy glass mugs they store in the freezer. That's important for keeping those whopping 32-ounce drafts chilly 'til the last drop.

The Winner!

Villa Nova Ristorante

5545 N. High St., Riverlea

614-846-5777

villanovacolumbus.com

Beer type: Bud Light

Size/price: 12 ounces/$2

Temperature: 32.9 degrees (Tuesday, July 20, 9:21 p.m.)

Though Villa Nova could just as easily compete in a coolest bar contest - what with all those pressure gauges on the walls and friendly faces behind the bar - we honor these returning champs once again for serving the coldest beer. In a year where many former top performers poured uncharacteristically warm beers, the Nova's suds remained remarkably frigid in heavy glass mugs they store in the freezer. That's important for keeping those whopping 32-ounce drafts chilly 'til the last drop.

Winking Lizard Tavern

100 Hutchinson Ave., Crosswoods

614-785-9755

winkinglizard.com

Beer type: Bud Light

Size/price: 16 ounces/$3.40

Temperature: 35.1 degrees (Tuesday, July 20, 9:04 p.m.)

Even with a focus on craft drafts and bottles from the far reaches of the globe, this Ohio-based sports chain serves a good, cold lager.

Dub Pub

5736 Frantz Rd., Dublin

614-761-2728

dub-pub.com

Beer type: Bud Light

Size/price: 12 ounces/$2.25

Temperature: 37.2 degrees (Tuesday, July 20, 8:20 p.m.)

A former champion lost some ground. Still, we found 37.2 degrees the perfect chill for quenching thirst and washing down a great Dub Pub burger.

Park Street Patio

533 Park St., Arena District

614-220-4213

patio.thecgsgroup.com

Beer type: Bud Light

Size/price: 20 ounces/$4.50

Temperature: 37.6 degrees (Wednesday, July 21, 6:06 p.m.)

This popular outdoor destination for single minglers in the Arena District can get hot in the summertime, but there's plenty of frosty beer (and mist machines) to keep you cool on the patio.

Lucky's Stout House

1475 N. High St., Campus

614-299-5825

myspace.com/luckysstouthouse

Beer type: Bud Light

Size/price: 32 ounces/$3

Temperature: 38.8 degrees (Thursday, July 8, 6:30 p.m.)

We visited this Campus hangout on one of the hottest days of the year. The beer at Lucky's felt a lot colder than it registered.

Leipzig House

2201 E. Livingston Ave., Bexley

614-239-7531

Beer type: Bud Light

Size/price: 12 ounces/$2

46.2 degrees (Saturday, July 17, 7:30 p.m.)

The Zig puts away their glass mugs after 7 so the rowdy Capital kids don't break them (our beer was served in a plastic juice cup). That probably didn't help their chances in this competition.